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Benefits of Surah Al-Araf & Reasons to Recite 

by Abru Farzeen

Chapter seven of the Quran, “The Heights,” has 206 verses. Derived from verses 46 and 48, it is known as Surah Al-A’raf in Arabic. It goes by the name “the Purgatory” as well. Being one of the lengthiest Surat (plural of Surah), this Makki Surah includes a Sajdah (the ritual of prostration) in its last verse. The significance of this Surah and the wisdom it contains are the focus of this essay.

How would you define Al-Araf?

The great chasm that divides Paradise and Hell is called al-A’raf. There, those whose faults are proportional to their virtues will find eternal rest. Just as certain Islamic scholars have described it, Al-A’raf acts as a barrier between Paradise and Hell. God (SWT) states:

 A wall will separate Paradise and Hell. On top of that, there will be onlookers who can identify “the inhabitants of” both places just by looking at them. “Peace be upon you!” they’ll yell out to Paradise’s inhabitants. Even if they plan to join Paradise soon, they will still need to do so. Verse 7:46 of Surah Al-A’raf.

“Those on the heights will call out to some ‘tyrants in the Fire,’ who they will recognize by their appearance, saying, ‘Your large numbers and arrogance are of no use ‘today!” (verse 48), continuing with the statements made by He (SWT). This verse is almost identical to the one before it in meaning: the inhabitants of Al-Araf do not belong to either heaven or Hell. The inhabitants of the hills, however, would be able to tell the difference between the heavenly and hellish.

What is discussed in Surah Al-Araf?

The Quran’s seventh chapter also extends an invitation to Tawhid or the oneness of God. However, among the recurring themes in this Surah are also the history of humanity and Satan, God Almighty’s wrath, and the Day of Judgement.

How can we learn from Surah Al-A’raf?

There are many teachings and values found in Surah Al-A’raf, just as in the numerous other chapters of the Quran. A few of these are listed below:

  • All of us are welcome to accept Islam as the real faith.
  • We are incredibly blessed by Allah Almighty, who has boundless kindness.
  • Since God is the most powerful and wise person, those who disbelieve and mock His instructions will inevitably face God’s wrath.
  • An arrogant person may cause havoc. Islam is a modest and humble faith.
  • Finally, but just as importantly, maintaining one’s appearance and image is not discouraged. It’s being heavily advertised, particularly during Salah Jumuaa (Friday). But the finest attire is one of purity.

Advantages of Interpreting Surah Al-Araf 

The advantages of Surah Araf are easily discernible from a variety of hadiths and narrations. According to the narration of Imam Ibn Abi Ad-Dunya, whoever said these twenty Aayats would be guaranteed by Allah to be protected from all kinds of authoritarian rulers, rebellious demons, destructive creatures, and persistent thieves.

Aayat Al-Kursi (2:255), the three Aayat from Surah Al-Aaraf (7:54-56), the first ten Aayat of Surah As-Saaffat (37:1-10), the three verses of Surah Ar-Rahman (55:33-35), and the last three Aayat of Surah Al-Hashr (59:22-24) are the Aayat that are included in this collection.

Hazrat Ubayy ibn Ka’b (Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) is the source of yet another hadith that underlines the merits of Surah Araf. This hadith focuses on Surah Araf ki, which failed to emphasize its significance. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) declared that whoever recites Surah Al-A’raf, Allah would place a curtain between him and Satan and, on the Day of Judgement, Hazrat Adam (Blessings Of Allah Be Upon Him) will be his intercessor.

  • Some scholars believe that on the Day of Judgement, this Surah serves as a barrier between Satan and the person who recites it.
  • On the Day of Judgement, reciting this Surah serves as a testimony for its reader.
  • We are bolstering faith and getting ready for the end of the world.
  • Additionally, it is utilized to ward off evil and the evil eye.

A Surah Called Araf Ki Fazilat

Several hadiths are associated with the Surah Araf ki facility on a variety of occasions. By the words of Bibi Ayesha Siddiqah (Blessings of Allah Be Upon Her), the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is claimed to have said that whoever memorizes the first seven surahs.

Qur’an and continues to recite them would get a significant reward for their efforts. The Surah Araf, on the other hand, is one of these Surahs. According to Bibi Ayesha, whom Allah blessed, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) recited Surah al-Araf at Maghrib and divided it between two rak’ahs. Bibi Ayesha also related this story.

Summary of Surah Araf

There are five primary sections to Surah Araf:

  • The obligation of the Prophet and the people to preserve the divine precepts and decrees (1–9)
  • Satan’s attempts to discourage individuals from following God’s instructions (10–36)
  • Retribution from beyond the grave for disobeying divine decrees (37–58)
  • Worldly retribution for those who disobeyed heavenly commands (59–174).
  • The responsibility of the Prophet towards the transgressors (175-206)

Perks of Surah Araf

Narratives of someone who carefully and thoughtfully recites Surah Araf and strives to live by its lessons have indicated several benefits and rewards.

1. A defense against Satan on the Day of Judgment

In a hadith, the God-sent Messenger (S) said,

On the Day of Judgment, God will place a barrier between Satan and the person who recites Surah Araf and make the latter become friends with Prophet Adam (AS).

2. On the day of judgment, no accounting

Says Abu Abdillah (AS):

Reciting surah Araf on Qiyamah each month will make you one of the people who have neither death nor sorrow. Reciting it every Friday would save you from being held accountable on the Day of Judgment

3. Protection against untamed animals and enemies

In a hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (S) states that, with God’s blessing, anyone who writes the surah Araf and keeps it with them would be protected from adversaries and wild animals. 

4. A rise in nutrition

 6 Any believer will have prolonged sustenance and enormous benefits in their money and business if they write the following verse in surah Araf on Friday after Friday prayers with pure purpose and attention to its significance.

Conclusion

Lastly, and crucially, it was said that this Surah was recited by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during Maghrib prayer. According to Sunan an-Nasa’i, “the Messenger of Allah recited Surat Al-A’raf in maghrib and split it between two rak’ahs.” It demonstrates the significance of this chapter. As a result, we need to emulate the prophet and do the same.

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